Tuesday, November 17, 2009

All Ya Gotta Do Is Call And I'll Be There

The two original Parlophone black and yellow labels of the vinyl LP "A Hard Day's Night" are officially broken up with side one containing the words "songs from the film {A Hard Day's Night}" and mentioning the songs on that side while side two does not have the blurb and just mentions the songs on that side. This was to distinguish which songs appeared in the film and which did not.

Therefore, the first song to appear on the album but not in the film is a Lennon/McCartney original entitled "Any Time At All". This was written mainly by John and is a true hidden gem on the album. A very powerful rocker and a cool guitar/piano middle eight.

The song was recorded on June 02 1964 at EMI Studio two and was first attempted at the session whereby seven takes were recorded with none of them being used. The middle eight was still not satisfactory and John's first vocal was also attempted. Therefore, the song was left until later in the session while the Beatles moved on to other tunes until coming back to "Any Time At All" later in the session with a perfected middle eight and the guitar/piano solo as well as a second "answering"vocal by Paul.

"Any Time At All" was first mixed for mono on June 04 1964 in Studio Two but the mix was never used. There were two more official mono mixes made on June 22 1964 in Studio One. Remix 2 was used for the UK version of the Parlophone LP and Remix 3 was used for the Capitol Records LP. Both were mono and the differences are basically in the middle eight where the piano is slightly louder on the US mix whereby the guitar is slightly louder in the UK mix. Also on June 22 1964, the stereo mix was made and used on both the UK and US LP.

"Any Time At All" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "A Hard Day's Night" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Something New". The song is also found on the EMI/Capitol 2-LP compilation "Rock and Roll Music".

"Any Time At All" was nerver performed live and does not appear on BBC radio. Too bad. Very good tune.

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